Bulls over Spurs for title; 29 wins for Blazers

Kerry Eggers' NBA predictions

Western Conference

Northwest: 1. Utah 46-36. 2. Denver 45-37. 3. Minnesota 35-47. 4. Seattle 32-50. 5. Portland 29-53

Pacific: 1. Phoenix 53-29. 2. L.A. Clippers 49-33. 3. Golden State 41-41. 4. L.A. Lakers 40-42. 5. Sacramento 39-43

Southwest: 1. San Antonio 54-28. 2. Dallas 52-30. 3. Houston 42-40. 4. New Orleans/Oklahoma City 37-45. 5. Memphis 35-47

Eastern Conference

Atlantic: 1. New Jersey 46-36. 2. Toronto 40-42. 3. Philadelphia 39-43. 4. Boston 36-46. 5. New York 20-62

Central: 1. Chicago 51-31. 2. Cleveland 49-33. 3. Detroit 47-35. 4. Indiana 43-39. 5. Milwaukee 41-41

Southeast: 1. Orlando 52-30. 2. Miami 50-32. 3. Washington 40-42. 4. Charlotte 25-57. 5. Atlanta 23-59

MVP: Dwyane Wade, Miami. By a nose over Cleveland's LeBron James.

Coach of the year: Mike Dunleavy, L.A. Clippers. With competition from Orlando's Brian Hill, Utah's Jerry Sloan and Chicago's Scott Skiles.

Rookie of the year: Brandon Roy, Portland. Over Minnesota point guard Randy Foye.

Defensive player: Ben Wallace, Chicago. Will have something to prove.

Sixth man: Earl Boykins, Denver. June bug prospers in land of giants.

Most improved: Darko Milicic, Orlando. European big makes good away from Piston gloom and doom.

Most improved star: Carmelo Anthony, Denver. Pretty good 'Melo is ready to take the step toward greatness.

Most underrated star: Dwight Howard, Orlando

Most overrated star: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia

Least improved: Ron Artest, Sacramento. Mr. Combustible could blow up under new coach Eric Musselman.

Most technicals: Rasheed Wallace, Detroit. Mr. T favored to win sixth technicals title.



First round: San Antonio over Golden State, Phoenix over Houston, Dallas over Denver, Clippers over Utah. Semifinals: San Antonio over Clippers, Dallas over Phoenix. Finals: San Antonio over Dallas


First round: Orlando over Milwaukee, Chicago over Indiana, Miami over Detroit, Cleveland over New Jersey. Semifinals: Cleveland over Orlando, Chicago over Miami. Conference: Chicago over Cleveland

NBA finals: San Antonio over Chicago

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